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    Trouble in paradise: the hidden impacts of increasing inequalities in Barbados

Trouble in paradise: the hidden impacts of increasing inequalities in Barbados

Sources of inequality may have changed since the colonial era, but its scale and impact continue to shape Barbadian society, writes Collin Constantine (Kingston University).

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    The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

A coordinated political effort to move toward higher labour productivity, higher valued-added activities, and a solid foundation of public education and health services can only be achieved through elections and negotiations between legitimate representatives, writes Mark S. Langevin.

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    Development for Sale: 18th Century Spanish Colonial Administrators and Long-Run Subnational Disparities in Peru

Development for Sale: 18th Century Spanish Colonial Administrators and Long-Run Subnational Disparities in Peru

Contemporary regional disparities in Peru are related to differences in governance patterns during colonial times, with those provinces that were highly desirable to 18th century Spanish governors suffering greater conflict, ethnic segregation, and economic underdevelopment, writes Jenny Guardado.

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    Investor-state disputes in Ecuador and Argentina show how citizens shape international investment law

Investor-state disputes in Ecuador and Argentina show how citizens shape international investment law

By motivating infringements of International Investment Agreements, shaping approaches to investor-state disputes, and politicising governments’ wider postures, citizens have played an important role in shaping international investment law, writes Julia Calvert.

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    The climate has played a crucial role in Brazilian inequality and long-run development

The climate has played a crucial role in Brazilian inequality and long-run development

Climatic differences can create path dependencies even within countries, with local institutions perpetuating inequalities and hurting economic development in the process, writes Evan Wigton-Jones.

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    Slavery’s damaging impact on local institutions and public goods has shaped Brazil’s long-run development

Slavery’s damaging impact on local institutions and public goods has shaped Brazil’s long-run development

The differential impact of slavery across Brazil was largely determined by its influence on the settlement of foreign migrants, who – unlike slaves – had a political voice and could “vote with their feet”, writes Andrea Papadia.

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    Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

The Odebrecht scandal reveals not only the extent of corruption in public contracts and elections in Latin America, but also the widely varying capacity and inclination of different political systems to respond, writes Kathryn Hochstetler.

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    Crime costs some Latin American countries more than 6 per cent of their GDP

Crime costs some Latin American countries more than 6 per cent of their GDP

The cost to Latin America of being the world’s most violent region is not only a human one. New research by Laura Jaitman reveals that its enormous economic costs are equal to annual spending on infrastructure, or enough to halve the region’s housing deficit.

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    What can the political economy of Latin America’s regions tell us about development in the very long term?

What can the political economy of Latin America’s regions tell us about development in the very long term?

The first LSE-Stanford Conference on Long Range Development in Latin America, a new annual series of high-level conferences co-hosted by LSE, Stanford, and the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), will take place at Stanford on 11-12 May, 2017, with the participation of numerous LSE researchers and the support of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre. Here co-organiser Jean-Paul Faguet reveals that political economy research […]

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    Latin America’s productivity problems can only be overcome by incentivising, underwriting, and enforcing technological investment

Latin America’s productivity problems can only be overcome by incentivising, underwriting, and enforcing technological investment

With the right kinds of state support, Latin American firms can develop and compete in productive segments higher up the global value chain, writes Tobias Franz.